Trevor Interviews His Grandmother and Brings Back Stories from Soweto | The Daily Show


– Like, I’ll be honest with you, my gran, I mean my whole family’s like, they’re not TV or entertainment people. So even hanging out with my grandmother on The Daily Show was just like
a freak thing that happened because my Gran on the day was just like, she didn’t even think of it as TV. She was just like, I was in Soweto for the Global Citizens Festival and then I was like, “Maybe we should go to
my grandmother’s house.” And the TV crew as like,
“Can we come with you?” I was like, “I’ll ask.” (crowd laughs) And I asked my gran, and I was like, “Hey, there’s a TV crew with
me, they wanna come in.” And then she was like,
“Well, what is that for?” (crowd laughs) And she’s like, “Are these your friends?” (crowd laughs) And I was like, “Yeah.” She’s like, “Oh yeah,
your friends can come in.” (crowd laughs) And then like they walked
in and my Gran was like, “Oh, your friends are white!” (crowd laughs) First thing’s first. Whenever you come into an
African person’s house, you greet. So the first thing I’m gonna do is greet. Koko? Koko? (Gran speaks in a foreign language) Hello Koko. (Gran speaks in a foreign language) (laughs) (Trevor speaks in a foreign language) How are you Koko? Can we come in? I’ve got, I’ve got some
camera people Koko, are we fine to come in? If you say no, it’s fine, I don’t mind. – No they can come in. – Okay, okay. Koko, I want you, I want to welcome you to my show, and I want to introduce you to some of my friends and my viewers. I brought them to South Africa
to show them what it’s like. So they said because I’m
coming, they want to meet you, and they want me to ask you
questions about my life. – You were one of my grandchildren. I always look at that
photograph, you see the one? – [Trevor] I remember. – In there. And I ask God, every
morning when I look at it, “Morning, Trevor.”
(Trevor laughs) And he never answers. – How old are you now, 91? – Yeah, 91 and nine months – When you get to 91,
now you count months. – Yeah, 91 years, nine months. – We’re here because the concert at FNB stadium is celebrating
100 years of Nelson Mandela. – Ehh, Madiba!
– Madiba – What was the first thing you remember about Nelson Mandela? – He was just like our God
– Wow. on earth, really. – Because people have not seen a black man who was an attorney. – We were not allowed! – Wow.
– Nursing, teaching, policeman for a black man, that’s all. So it was a wonder, even for Madiba. – For young people,
it’s very hard for them to understand how scary it was to be a black person living in South Africa during that time, but everybody was scared of the police. – Flying squads, Each and every street there’s
a Flying Squad (hums), a knock at 3:00 a.m. The police, we used to
call them black jacks (yells in foreign
language) just like that. – Dress up. let’s go. – Yeah, and they were
so tall, all of them. – When you see white guys like this, do they remind you of those police? – Yeah! – That’s what you remind
my grandmother of, I hope you’re happy bringing memories of Flying Squad into my house. There are some people who say now because some people don’t have jobs, and because it’s tough in South Africa. It would be better to go back to apartheid.
– No, No thank you. It wouldn’t be better. – Why not? – Oh no, Trevor. The laws of apartheid (whistles) (speaks in foreign language) – Do you what it’s like to dig
for potatoes with your hands? – In the farms, no pay. And then if one of these
people working here dies (speaks foreign language) and you will still plant potatoes on top of that someone.
– Wow. You’re digging potatoes with your hands, and if somebody dies from
exhaustion next to you, you dig a hole, you put them in that hole, and then you carry on
digging those potatoes. (Gran whistles) What was my contribution, how
was, was I fighting apartheid? – Not knowing. – Not knowing? – You were a kid, you were born a crime. How could you fight apartheid? – But I told them that I
was an apartheid hero, Koko. I wasn’t? – (laughs) When you were with me here, oh Trevor, you gave me tough time. – Why did I give you a tough time Koko? – Because you wanted to play in the street and I knew the Flying Squad
was going to take you. – So if I was playing in the street the police would have arrested me. – Yeah. You know there were kids who never knew what a white men was. – So they thought I was white? – They knew you were
white, and they ran away. (speaks foreign language) – The kids ran away from me.
– You. – But why did they run away?
– It was first time they see a white man in their location unannounced.
– So for them, this was white? – Yeah.
– Wow. I feel so special now Koko to know that there was a time I was white. (laughs loudly) How old was I when this
was happening, Koko? – Three years – Three years old?
– Mm-hmm – I was a very good
looking baby, I’m sure. – (whistles) Energetic and really naughty. – But mostly good looking. – Like hell. – Yeah I’m sure Koko. When I was here with you, what did you do when I was naughty? – Those big bumps (laughs)
they know my slippers. (laughs loudly) (claps) – Who was naughtier
here, Koko, me or my mom? – You were both, you would
never tell Patricia what to do. No, she did what she wanted to do, and she was good at her work. – You know how mom is. – Yeah, yeah, yeah. – Must always go up. – Yeah, she takes no defeat. Instead of defeat, you are
challenging the wrong person – So she was not only a black person in job black people
weren’t supposed to be in, but she was a manager of white people. – What? – But how did they allow that? – How do I know, Trevor? – And now I’m also a manager of white people, Koko, unbelievable. – It comes from your mother, dear – It comes from my mother Koko. Do you know I’m a manager
of white people, Koko? – You don’t say. – I’m telling you Koko, there are white people who work for me. – It’s a pity because I don’t even wish to see where you stay. (laughs loudly) Fly over the sea like this? No, not for me. – Koko, have you ever
watched The Daily Show? – No, Trevor. (speaks in foreign language)
(Trevor laughs) So I can not, and when I want DStv that dish outside there,
it’s just there for fun. – My Gran said she doesn’t watch my show because sometimes the
electricity cuts out, which is a very plausible excuse and a nice way to let your grandson down. – No, its not letting my grandson down. (laughs loudly) Even yesterday we had no electricity. – No I hear you, Koko. I didn’t expect that answer,
it’s a good answer Koko. So I must make sure that
you have a generator, so you can watch my show. – Wonderful. And then who fits my new generator? – Who fits the generator? – Uh-huh. – Okay, so I must get someone
to fit the generator also. – I think so.
– [Trevor] Okay. (Gran speaks foreign language) – Oh, and then I must
also fix the cable, okay. I feel like I’ve been tricked
into doing a lot of things for you to watch my TV show Koko. (laughs loudly) – At bogus price (speaks
in foreign language) – Thank you for having us Koko, and thank you for letting
me bring these cameras, and thank you for sharing
these stories with my friends, and thank you being amazing. – You’ve brought so many friends. – I’ve brought too many friends Koko. You guys must live now. How’s my grandmother doing? Oh, she’s fantastic man. 91 years old and 10 months. Yeah, she makes me count the
years and months as well now, its a new thing. – [Woman In Audience]
Did she cook for you? – Did she cook for me? No she is too old. Oh, no, no, she even says to me. I was like, “what do you do Koko?” She’s like, “Oh me?” She’s like, “I just enjoy being alive.” (audience claps) And the all she does is she, We’re ready? – [Director] We are, yeah. – Yeah, all she does
is she chills at home. She’s got her squad of grannies, and they all just come
and hangout, and she, it’s like a weird team of superheroes, where they’ve all got their specialties, and then hers is that her
memory is bullet-proof. So all her friends ask her about the things they’ve
forgotten about in life, (crowd laughs) But I’m like, she’s got a better memory than me, my mom, everybody. She can tell you what
year a thing happened, what month everything. And so, here friends come over and they’ll ask random questions. They be like, “Nomalizo,” be like, “Where did I meet my husband?” (crowd laughs) And then she’d be like, “Oh, you met in,” and then she’ll like tell stories. It’s amazing to watch, yeah. And so all she does all day. She just, she loves writing,
that’s what she does, and I asked her why? And she said, “To be 91 and know how to still read and write. Oh, I’m so blessed.” (crowd laughs) So that’s all she does, yeah. (Daily Show theme music)

100 thoughts on “Trevor Interviews His Grandmother and Brings Back Stories from Soweto | The Daily Show

  1. I lost my grandmother when I was 15 she was a mother to me. Seeing Trevor's TREASURE make me feel bless to have been able to meet and live with mine. As you get older, she did a marvelous job raising you. #elderlovebetterlove. God bless her 🙏🏽🌹

  2. I was a kid during Apartheid, a white kid (mostly, apparently) in the United States. During college, I attended rallies lead by Nelson Mandela. We shouted, we banned certain brands, we stuffed money into the collections at those rallies.

    I think we made a difference. But to hear your grandmother talk about, it wasn’t even ten seconds since she started talking that I teared up.

    So I think, what can I do now, and for whom. What is today’s Apartheid?

  3. This is SO SWEET! Oh my gosh Trevors grandma is legit cool though. It made me cry when she talked about flying squads

  4. All the way from Saudi Arabia I wish you and your grandma a beautiful life. Love your show and your grandma.

  5. Not surprising how Trevor is soooo humble. His life was always surrounded by strong but yet so humble woman! His mom and grandmom are just incredible human beings.

  6. Although I can't understand what you're talking about at all? But it's fun. Forget about borders. I think you are a very interesting talk show host. So as an individual, I still subscribe to you, although I can't understand what you are talking about.

  7. Well nansal mandela was not great because he fought for the right of black peaple i think he was great after winning that fight he forgive all those white peaple and thats what make him the real leader

  8. BEST EVER YOUTUBE VIDEO AND BEST GRANDMOTHER EVER . LOOKING FORWARD FOR NEXT MEETING , AFTER FIXING THE ELECTRICITY AND ALSO THE CABLE

  9. Trevor, please do more interviews of your grandmother and let us see where you were born and raised. It was fascinating to hear her stories about apartheid.

  10. Honestly a thumbs down on this video while this man is sharing a member of his family with us. Why? That opinion carrys conotations of an unwillingness to listen and for me i find this behaviour disrespectful. You can also choose to watch a video and place a comment as to why you disagree with it or actions appropriated towards the video like so. When you hide behind a button and you don't explain yourself as to why you chose to place a negative connotation to something as simple as listening to another persons story why should the choice of portraying your opinion be allowed??

  11. Trevor is very blessed to still have his Grandma around & has a loving genuine relationship with her, priceless😍

  12. Didn't Mandela sell his soul after being freed from prison? But we all sell our soul for a DEMONIC antichristsviile CAREER, but thank God of physics for the two witnesses and THEIR God not SATANIC www666ville FAKE DEMOCRACY, FAKE GOD! !!!!

  13. I love this episode of Trevor with his CoCo. Makes me miss my granny so much. She was 93 when she went home to our Lord.

  14. First thing she says : "You are "one" of my grandchildren", not "you are my favorite grandchild"… Nice to see she don't have favorites among her grandchildren. 😉 Go coco!

  15. Her voice is the most soothing and beautiful sound ever. May she stay in good health for many more years. Thank you for sharing this treasure with us.

  16. i had the change to chat with my Guncle once. He told me stories about how he got lost from his family, went to live in another state and by accident found out he was my grama's brother when he was ridding a train. I love to talk to him to hear stories of generations before me. All his brothers and sisters(including my grama) have died and he's the only alive now. That's why i see this conversation as gold moment to be forever remember. Take care of yours precious older ones everybody, they are your live history.

  17. 3:40 This question reminds me of young black Americans who think it would be better to go back to segregation. #read

  18. Wow, I love this so much. Trevor, your grandmother is so lovely and this entire thing is so wholesome. Thank you for this.

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